Britney Spears is honored by LGBT community
The 29th GLAAD Media Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles (USA) on April 12.
There were 38 categories in film, television, music, journalism, etc., organized by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to honor the names that contributed to the increased presence of the LGBT community as well as to LGBT individuals in the last 12 months.
This year, actress Wanda Sykes took on the role of the host. Hollywood stars were featured at events such as Halle Berry, Ryan Murphy, Waithe, Adam Rippon, Chloe Grace Moretz, Wilson Cruz, and Anthony Rapp. In particular, the most attention-grabbing actress was the "pop princess" Britney Spears, who brought home to the most prestigious award of the night.
Wanda Sykes is an openly homophile.
The Vanguard Award is an annual award given to the stars who have made a major contribution to the LGBT rights movement. Since its first release in 1993, the title has belonged to many of the A-list names of the entertainment industry such as Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Janet Jackson, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Demi Lovato and Patricia Arquette.
Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD, said: "Britney Spears is a global entertainer and an undeniable symbol. In addition, she expresses the spirit of the Vanguard Award by addressing issues that have profoundly affected her LGBT fan base, from the Dream Act to Transgender Law in Texas."
"Britney Spears is a masterpiece of contemporary music. She used her great influence to spread the message of love and acceptance. This is exactly what the world needs most at the moment, "she added.
Britney Spears is famous for a closed lifestyle and she rarely shows up at the events of the entertainment industry. However, she was very excited to receive this invitation from GLAAD and was smiling brightly during the awards ceremony.
After receiving the award from Ricky Martin, Britney Spears was thrilled to say: "I feel like our society has always put such an emphasis on what's normal, and to be different or unusual is seen as strange. But to be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing. Events like this, the one we are attending here tonight, show the world that we are not alone. We can all join hands together here and know that we are all beautiful, and we can lift each other up and show our gifts without hesitation."
She added that being a mother had shown her a unconditional love and all people in that room that night had shown her throughout her career what it meant to be loved unconditionally.
By: Roxana Edwards